Ah, February, how quickly you have come around. It's the month of Valentine's Day and all things soppy, but that's okay. Because single or not, we have some incredible books lined up waiting for you this month. Check them out and, remember, do let us know in comments which book(s) you're most looking forward to this month!
I will be trying my very best to include all the UKYA I can that is published each month, but I'm only human. Do let me know if I've missed any titles out! I've read at least 5 of these books already and really enjoyed them, so you've got excellent books to choose from if you're out book-buying during the month of February!
Unspeakable by Abbie Rushton
This is a debut book by author Abbie Rushton, being published by Atom this month. It tells the story of a teenage girl who has not spoken for months ... but then she meets a girl so full of life that it makes Meghan start to hope again and quite possibly start to let go of the demons inside her head. I quite liked this one. I thought it was emotional and I love Meghan and Jasmine's relationship.
Me and Mr J by Rachel McIntyre
Me and Mr J is quite a hard-hitting story about bullying and also a student-teacher relationship. It's told in a diary format from the perspective of a 15 year old girl who is having a pretty rough time at home and at school and could do with a bit of a break. It felt like uncomfortable reading at times, but I quite enjoyed it.
The Door in the Moon by Catherine Fisher
This is the third book in a series ... a series that I hadn't heard about before sitting down to compile this list. All I know is that it is fantasy and all the books are fairly lengthy? So it's possible it's more YA than MG? Can someone else help me out with this one?
Half The World by Joe Abercrombie
Fire Sermon by Francesa Haig
Geek Girl: All That Glitters by Holly Smale
I think Harper Collin's February titles look incredibly exciting this month, and they're all in series'... I've heard really good things about this fantasy series by Joe Abercrombie but haven't read it. And All That Glitters is the fourth book in one of my favourite recent series! And then there's The Fire Sermon which is a very exciting start to a new series! Definitely look out for all of these.
Stung by Joss Stirling
I absolutely love Joss Stirling's stories. I've fallen in love with every single Savant story and I've really enjoyed her latest series which began with Storm and Stone (re-titled Struck in e-book format) and this is the second book in that series which follows teenage detectives. Hurrah!
Love Hurts edited by Malorie Blackman
I've decided to squeeze this collection of short stories onto this list seeing as how Malorie Blackman, Laura Dockrill, Patrick Ness, Philip Pullman, Catherine Johnson, Susie Day, James Dawson and Jenny Downham are all considered 'UKYA' I think 8 out of 12 is enough to count. This is a collection of short stories and extracts from some big name YA authors on the theme of love. It is mostly extracts, I have to warn you, but I think the big draw here is the exclusive short story by Malorie Blackman herself. (This book was published at the end of last month but I missed it so it's going on this month's list!)
Seven Days by Eve Ainsworth
The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Eve Ainsworth is a debut author and the book is about bullying ... but I have to say, it is the cover which makes me the most intrigued. I love this cover. Don't you love this cover? I have to say this book is at the very top of my wish list this month.
As, of course, is The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury, whose book's publication was moved up from March to February!
Simon and Schuster Children's Books
Conspiracy Girl by Sarah Alderson
I do so adore Sarah Alderson. I think she's a very consistent author who writes incredible stories that combine action, excitement with a large dash of romance. In this story we have two main characters, one a hacker and the other a victim of a home invasion which killed her mother and step-sister several years ago. It's quite good - very action-packed with a pace that's non-stop.
Secrets, Schemes and Sewing Machines by Katy Cannon
This is the second book in the series by Katy Cannon, with the first book being titled 'Love Lies and Lemon Pies' and the two books in this series so far have such colourful covers and fun titles that I am fairly tempted to dive right in...
Which book(s) are you most looking forward to reading this month?!